Here at Reynolds Defense Firm, we’re pretty lucky to have such an amazing team of folks working together to support our clients. ‘Solid’ is the word we use for those people you can trust under just about any circumstance, and that standard is what we use to describe the entire RDF Team. Every person here at Reynolds Defense Firm is an “A” player and we each understand that our individual role is essential to the overall success of our team. We’d like to focus some time highlighting our team members and offering an inside look to the culture and community that make up Reynolds Defense Firm. This month, we shine the spotlight on Doug!
Early in his career, Doug worked as a public defender for several years. What he loves the most about private practice – specifically, working at Reynolds Defense Firm – is the idea of actually helping people improve their lives. As a public defender, that hope of helping people often doesn’t materialize due to the caseload and volume of work. Well, RDF is happy to have Doug on our team, helping our clients to achieve the best results for their cases and their lives.
Why did you decide to do the kind of work you are doing now?
I’ve always had a healthy skepticism about law enforcement so criminal defense seemed appropriate….
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
I would like to get more into cooking – I really enjoy it so if time/money weren’t an issue, I’d either enroll in cooking school or begin working on opening a food cart or restaurant. If I was opening a food cart, my family and I already have ideas about opening the “Carbonara Cart” where we would serve super-fresh and simply carbonara and other Italian basics. We’ve also thought about moving to Asia and opening an East Coast style pizza place.
What are your thoughts about Window of Clarity?
FINALLY – someone has taken the time to think about a program outside of the court-mandated treatment that might actually help. Court-mandated treatment programs and models are so outdated but most people involved in the criminal justice system don’t have the time or inclination to update or modernize what they do with people sentenced for DUIIs (or other crimes).
Could you give a 40-minute presentation on a topic with absolutely no preparation?
Probably cooking a few meals which I’m quite familiar, or travel tips, or sports.
What small gesture from a stranger made a big impact on you?
I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite extensively. I’ve numerous experiences while traveling where complete strangers went out of their way to help me or my family. I still don’t know these people but our stories of getting help from strangers remain ingrained in our memories.
What’s the last adventure you went on?
A couple of years ago, my family and I traveled for 10 months across SE Asia, South Asia, and Southern and Eastern Europe. We were on a shoe-string budget both by design and out of necessity. I believe the experience helped shape my children into broader thinking, more compassionate, and soon-to-be young adults that are willing to think outside the box and can problem solve life issues.
Stay tuned for another RDF Employee Spotlight next month! If you want to learn more about our RDF Team and culture visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.